It’s time to shine the spotlight on another creative and talented Etsy shop owner!
This month, our spotlight shop owner is Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots! Her Etsy page features original crochet patterns for all kinds of items! Kara prides her designs on being unique, easy to understand, and accurate. You can see all of the items Kara has for sale HERE.
A few of our favorite items from the shop:
Here’s more about Kara and her Etsy shop owner experiences:
- How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I have been selling on Etsy since 2011.
- What made you decide to sell on Etsy?
Etsy is simply the best venue for handmade and crafty items. It’s the first place I always went to shop so I knew it was where I wanted to sell too.
- How do you choose what to make and sell in your shop?
My passion is crochet, and designing crochet patterns in particular. My choice of designs is mostly inspired by my everyday life and what I am wishing for at the moment … for example, a pair of cozy slippers I can wear around the house, or a fun and fashionable scarf, or a cute bath towel for my son. These are all things I made because I wanted them for myself. I figured if I’m loving them then maybe my customers would love too!
- How long does the average item in your shop take to make?
The actual designing and pattern writing can take days or weeks depending on how difficult the item or stitch pattern is or whether I need to take multiple sizing options into consideration.
- Why do you think Etsy is such a great place to buy?
I think Etsy is such a great place to sell because Etsy customers are great. In my experience, Etsy customers really value quality handmade items and have an appreciation for the time and talent that goes into the items.
- What is your most favorite item that you’ve ever sold or listed?
My favorite item is definitely my mobius scarf pattern (https://www.etsy.com/listing/109107433/crochet-pattern-mobius-infinity-scarf) because I wear it all the time … I have one version that I worked up in a cozy yarn that I throw on as a regular outerwear scarf, but I also worked one up in a lighter weight yarn and wear it as a cute accessory to jazz up an everyday outfit. It’s just so versatile and cute!
- Have you had any crazy requests for items?
Crazy … hmmm … no, not really. I’ve had some custom requests from customers but none that were too crazy.
- What advice would you offer to someone wants to get started on ETSY?
Do it! Stop planning, stop ‘what if’-ing, and follow your passion. You may be surprised with where it will lead.
- What is the most important lesson you have learned when selling on ETSY?
I have learned so many valuable lessons through Etsy … I’ve learned about marketing, SEO, keeping my finances organized, photography tips, customer service, networking, and so much more. It has really been a complete education in business in general for me and I still have so much to learn.
- Do you sell at Craft Fairs/Bazaar’s too? If yes, what would be the main difference between the customers you get there and the ones you get on ETSY?
No, I haven’t tried selling at craft fairs yet … that may be something to consider in the future though.
Etsy is pretty awesome, right?! Well, one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Etsy! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item in Kara’s shop is, and use the Rafflecopter widget below for extra entries!